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WE tv and The Research Boutique Present Marriage Survey Results

Couples everywhere spend months planning their perfect wedding, but what happens after you walk down the aisle?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

WE tv and The Research Boutique Present Marriage Survey Results

How Does Your Marriage Stack Up?

Couples everywhere spend months planning their perfect wedding, but what happens after you walk down the aisle and say “I do”? In conjunction with WE tv’s new series, Marriage Boot Camp: Bridezillas, which airs every Friday at 9|8c, the network commissioned The Research Boutique, LLC to uncover the truth about life after marriage….for better or for worse. We polled 1,000 adults split evenly between men and women married between one and seven years to find out. Here are the results:

Survey Results

  • When asked about their celebrity hall pass (i.e. if your spouse gave you permission to have a one night stand with a celebrity which celebrity would you choose?) Jessica Alba and Mila Kunis were chosen by the largest percentage of males
    • When forced to pick one, Mila Kunis topped the list at 14% followed by Kate Upton at 11%
    • Males were much more likely to take advantage of the select all that apply option when it came to hall passes
  • When females are asked about their celebrity hall pass, most chose Channing Tatum (29%) and Ryan Gosling (20%)
    • When forced to pick one, females stayed true to Channing Tatum (19%)
  • When asked which celebrity couple marriages will last more than five years, most say Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel (35%) and Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert (34%)
    • Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel – 35%
    • Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert – 34%
    • Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman – 20%
    • Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth – 19%
    • Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo – 19%
    • Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem – 17%
    • Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively – 11%
    • Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Thomas – 9%
    • Eddie Cibrian & LeAnn Rimes -8%
    • Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford – 6%
    • When asked which celebrity couple will get divorced first, Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas and Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel top the list
      • Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Thomas – 18%
      • Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel – 17%
      • Ryan Reynolds & Blake Lively – 14%
      • Eddie Cibrian & LeAnn Rimes – 12%
      • Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo – 11%
      • Reese Witherspoon & Jim Toth – 9%
      • Blake Shelton & Miranda Lambert – 6%
      • Penelope Cruz & Javier Bardem – 6%
      • Anne Hathaway & Adam Shulman – 5%
      • Carey Mulligan & Marcus Mumford – 2%
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      Additional results:

    • 41% respondents say they got married thinking they could change their spouse
      • 25% say yes, but it didn’t happen
      • 16% say yes, and they did change
      • Those who plan to work on their marriage this summer are more likely to say so (45% v 31% of those who don’t plan on working on marriage)
    • 56% say they are more sexually adventurous now that they are married – males 25-29 are most likely to say so at 67%
    • When asked is sex was better before or after they were married, 32% say before, 29% say after and 39% say there is no difference.

    • Parents are more likely to say the sex was better before they were married (34% versus 28% for Not Parents)
    • On average, respondents rate their sex life a 6.8 out of 10
      • Those married between 1 and 3 years rate their sex life higher than those married 3 to 7 years (7.0 versus 6.7)
      • Sex is not the reason people plan to work on their marriage this summer, as those who say they plan to work on marriage rate their sex life higher (6.9) than those who don’t plan to do so (6.6)
      • Younger married people 20-29 also rate their sex life higher than those 30-40 (7.0 versus 6.7)
    • Respondents had sex more frequently before marriage – with 64% saying they had sex a few times a week or every day before marriage, and only 48% saying the same after getting married
    • 41% of women have faked an orgasm since they got married – with 8% saying they do it all the time and 33% saying sometimes.

    • Moms (45% versus 31% Non Moms) and women who plan on working on their marriage (45% versus 32% for those who don’t plan to do so) are more likely to say they have faked an orgasm.

     

    • Just over a third of respondents have imagined themselves with someone else while making love with their spouse (31%)
      • Males 30-40 are most likely to have done so (40%) as are those married 3 to 7 years, parents and those who plan to work on their marriage (each at 34%)
    • When it comes to flirting, most say it is off limits now that they are married (42%) – females are more likely to say this than males (47% v 37%)
      • 6% say they flirt more since getting married, 27% say the same and 25% say less
      • Males are more likely to say they flirt more when compared to females (7% v 4%), as are those who plan on working on their marriage (7% versus 3%)
    • 72% of respondents have never cheated or thought about cheating – driven by females 25-29 (84%) and those married 1 to 3 years (77%)

    • 7% have cheated – those who plan to work on their marriage are more likely to have cheated than those who don’t plan to work on their marriage (8% v 5%)
    • Although males are not more likely to have cheated, they are more likely to have thought about cheating (17% versus 13% of females) or come close to cheating (8% versus 4%)

    • 48% of respondents get jealous when their spouse is talking to someone of the opposite sex. However, only 7% say they get jealous all the time, while 41% say sometimes – it depends on who their spouse is talking to
      • 52% don’t get jealous at all
      • Males are more likely to say they don’t get jealous at all when compared to females (56% versus 47%), while females are more likely to say sometimes (46% versus 37%)
      • Those who plan on working on their marriage are more likely to get jealous than those who don’t plan on doing so (52% versus 39%)
    • 28% of respondents have checked their spouse’s phone, social sites or emails to see if they have been cheating or because they suspect them of cheating – females are much more likely to do so than males (36% v 21%)

    • Those who plan on working on their marriage this summer are also more likely to do so (34% versus 17% of those who don’t plan to work on their marriage this summer)

    • Just over half of respondents would leave their spouse if they found out they were cheating (56%)
      • Those married between 1 and 5 years are more likely to say they would leave (59%) than those married 5 to 7 years (52%) as they probably feel like they are less vested
    • Money is the cause of most arguments among those married 1 to 7 years, with 36% saying so, followed by house responsibilities and chores at 23%
      • Money – 36%
      • House responsibilities/chores – 23% (Parents 20% / Not Parents 30%; Females 27% / Males 19%)
      • Time management – working too much – 12% (Males 16% / Females 8%)
      • In laws/family – 10%
      • Kids/having kids – 10%
      • Sex – 7%
      • Infidelity – 2%
    • The biggest reasons why married people would call it quits are physical abuse and infidelity. Females are much more likely to say physical abuse than males (55% versus 19%), while males are more likely to say infidelity (43% versus 24% of females)
      • Physical abuse – 37% (Females 25-29 61%/Females 30-40 50%)
      • Infidelity – 33%
      • Lack of communication – 18% (Males 24% / Females 11%)
      • Mental abuse – 7%
      • Bankruptcy/severe financial problems – 5%
      • Physical abuse is the top reason among women while infidelity is the top reason among males
      • Males are less forgiving when it comes to infidelity
      • Younger married women will not tolerate physical abuse
      Source: The Research Boutique LLC and WE tv Marriage Survey, N=1,000 Persons 25-40, Married 1 to 7 years; Nationally representative sample fielded 5/10/13-5/21/13
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